Judges will use a 100 Point Scale to evaluate plans and finalist presentations. Points available for each element of the competition include:

ROUND I: Judges’ Review of Submitted Deliverables

(60 POINTS MAXIMUM)

  1. Executive Summary – 40 Points
  2. Competitive Analysis – 10 Points
  3. Pro Forma Financials – 10 Points

Round II: Live Finalist Presentations

(40 POINTS MAXIMUM)

  1. Presentation Content – 20 points
  2. Presentation Quality – 20 points
  • Pitch Deck presentations should not exceed 10 minutes.*
  • Following each team presentation Judges will have 10 minutes for Q&A.

WINNERS WILL HAVE HIGHEST COMBINED POINT TOTALS FOR ROUNDS I & II.

Historically, judges have placed particular emphasis on many of the following criteria in their scoring decisions:  

  • Are deliverables clear, well-written, and well-communicated?
  • Is there a clear statement of the problem or opportunity?
  • What is the Product/Market fit?  
  • What is the Business Model?
  • What is the customer awareness potential?   
  • What are the company differentiators?
  • What is the Go To Market strategy?
  • Has any test marketing work been conducted?  
  • Is the team of sufficient breadth, balance and quality to make its ideas happen?
  • Do the financial projections demonstrate that the team understands its business?
  • Is there a clear statement of financial sources, uses and returns?

* Teams that exceed the ten minute presentation time limit will be asked to stop and move the Q&A portion after